Cheezi
Cheezi

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Physical information
Gender

Male

Species

Hyena

Hair color

Black and gray

Eye color

Black

Distinguishing features

   Lolling tongue
   Notches in ears

Biographical information
Also known as

   Fur-brain (by Janja and Reirei)
   Hyena (by Bunga, Kion, and Mzingo)

Residence

Outlands

Affiliations

   Jasiri's clan
   Outlanders
   Army of Scar (formerly)
   Janja's clan (formerly)

Relationship information
Allies

Anga, Azaad, Beshte, Bunga, Chungu, Fuli, Janja, Jasiri, Kion, Madoa, Mwoga, Mzingo, Nne, Ono, Tano, Thurston, Kiburi (formerly), Reirei (formerly), Scar (formerly), Shupavu (formerly), Ushari (formerly)

Enemies

Scar, Beshte (formerly), Bunga (formerly), Fuli (formerly), Jasiri (formerly), Kion (formerly), Ono (formerly)

I dunno, Janja. Your plans don't usually work out so good.
―Cheezi[src]

Cheezi is a male hyena. He is a member of Jasiri's clan.

Initially, Cheezi was a member of Janja's clan, alongside his friend Chungu. The clan frequently attacked the Pride Lands and thus became enemies of the Lion Guard. Eventually, Cheezi and his clan allied with the spirit of Scar and joined his army, whose goal was to destroy the Pride Lands. However, when Scar suspected Janja of harboring traitorous feelings, he tricked his clan into entering the Lair of the Lion Guard, where Scar's allies trapped them with fire. The Lion Guard helped the clan escape, and subsequently, the hyenas switched allegiance and helped the Pride Landers defeat Scar. After Scar's fall, Cheezi and his clan members integrated into Jasiri's clan.

Biography

Early life

Did he call us "fur-brains?"
―Cheezi to Chungu on Janja[src]

Cheezi lived in the Outlands as a member of Janja's clan. As a cub, he befriended Chungu and Janja. One day, the three cubs attempted to steal an egret egg. However, a young Kion and his friends Beshte, Bunga, and Fuli arrived in time to stop them. Together, they defeated the hyenas and chased them back into the Outlands, after which the egg hatched into Ono.[1]

First skirmish with the Lion Guard

Janja, see, Kion's roar – it wasn't like a normal roar.
―Cheezi[src]

When Bunga strayed into the Outlands, Cheezi and Chungu were ordered by Janja to fetch the honey badger. However, they were stopped by Kion, who used the Roar of the Elders to defeat them. After the defeat, Cheezi and Chungu tried to explain what had happened, but Janja did not believe them until Mzingo corraborated their story. Because of this, Janja resolved to attack the Pride Lands with his clan. Together, the clan launched an attack on the Pride Lands, but Cheezi and his companions were defeated by the Lion Guard.[2]

Skirmish with Jasiri

Me first!
―Cheezi as he attacks Jasiri[src]

Cheezi prepares to attack Jasiri.

Cheezi, along with Janja and Chungu, attacked a herd of oryx, which drew the Lion Guard to the scene. Kion ordered the rest of the Lion Guard to calm the herd while he went after the hyenas. However, during the pursuit, a log snapped under Kion's paws, and he fell into the river below, which swept him into the Outlands.

Later, Cheezi and his clan confronted a female hyena named Jasiri, who had helped Kion get to Flat Ridge Rock. Cheezi was the first hyena to attack Jasiri, but was easily defeated. Next, she was attacked by Chungu, then finally pinned down by Janja. Just then, Kion returned and saved Jasiri by using the Roar of the Elders to scare Cheezi and his clan away.[3]

Kidnapping Kiara

Hey, you said these two were fighting, Janja.
―Cheezi on Kiara and Kion[src]

Mzingo reported to Janja that Kiara, Simba's daughter, had been named the temporary queen of the Pride Lands. Cheezi hovered behind his leader with Chungu, listening to the report. Later, at Broken Rock, Cheezi helped Janja surround Kiara, but the hyenas were chased off by Kion and the Lion Guard.[4]

Plot to trap the Lion Guard

Ono can't see! Yeah! That's great! Uh, why is that great?
―Cheezi[src]

Cheezi and his clanmates prepare to trap the Lion Guard in a ravine.

Cheezi instigated a wildebeest stampede with Chungu and Janja. The hyenas attempted to use the rising dust from the stampede to mask their movements, but Ono spotted them from the air and warned the Lion Guard of their location. The hyenas were driven off. Later, they overheard the vultures talking and realized that Ono had lost his sight.

Under Janja's instruction, Cheezi and Chungu helped trap the Lion Guard in a ravine. With the team trapped, they attempted to pick off a herd of zebras, but Ono once again came to the rescue, and Kion freed his team using the Roar of the Elders. Once more at a loss, the hyenas fled into the Outlands.[5]

Hunting Dogo

Cheezi joined Chungu and Janja in chasing Dogo, a jackal pup, due to his trespassing on their territory. However, their efforts were thwarted by Kion and the Lion Guard. To Kion's surprise, Janja willingly let the Lion Guard take Dogo away, and the hyena clan retreated.[6]

Bunga's trespassing

Dinner! And it's being delivered...
―Cheezi on Bunga, who is in the volcano[src]

When Bunga discovered that he was immune to snake bites, he attempted to climb to the top of the volcano. Janja was alerted to Bunga's presence by Cheezi, and the hyenas attempted to eat the honey badger until the rest of the Lion Guard showed up to drive them off.[7]

Attack on Mtoto

Yeah! They don't call Ono 'the ears in the sky' for nothin'!
―Cheezi[src]

Cheezi and Janja lie in wait for Beshte and Mtoto.

Along with Chungu and Janja, Cheezi snuck into the Pride Lands, where he encountered a group of young animals playing "Lion Guard." The hyenas immediately began to follow them. When they caught up to Mtoto and his friends, the young animals fled in a panic. After a brief skirmish, the hyenas targeted Mtoto as the slowest. Meanwhile, the young animals rushed up to Beshte and begged him to save Mtoto.

Just in time, Beshte showed up to save Mtoto from the hyenas, and the two escaped into the water. Together, Beshte and Mtoto managed to avoid the hyenas, who skulked on the edges of the river, trying to catch a bite of them as they passed. Eventually, the rest of the Lion Guard appeared and dispatched of the hyenas, who were knocked into the pool, where they were chased in circles by a crocodile float.[8]

Capturing Tamaa

Which way are we gonna run? They're all around us!
―Cheezi on Tamaa's impressions of the Lion Guard[src]

Cheezi, along with Chungu and Janja, invaded the Pride Lands and started chasing a herd of impalas, but the Lion Guard chased the hyenas away from the herd. After leaving the impalas behind, Cheezi and his friends happened to overhear a drongo named Tamaa and cornered him in a bush. Tamaa begged the hyenas not to eat him, and Janja assured him that he had other plans for the drongo. The hyenas then forced Tamaa to imitate Kion's voice, which sent a herd of impalas into the Outlands. The plan worked, and the hyenas held Tamaa captive as they followed the herd into the Outlands.

Cheezi holds Tamaa captive.

Back in the Pride Lands, the Lion Guard happened across a zebra who was fervently trying to escape danger. Upon being questioned, the zebra revealed that he and the impalas had heard Kion instructing them to go to the Outlands for safety. Suspicious, Kion surmised that Janja was forcing Tamaa to herd impalas into the Outlands for his own satisfaction, and the Lion Guard rushed to put a stop to the danger.

Meanwhile, Tamaa was forced to watch as Janja crept up on the herd of impalas, who had been successfully herded into the Outlands. With Janja distracted, Tamaa managed to imitate his voice and trick Cheezi into letting him go. Once free, Tamaa imitated the other Lion Guard members and scared Cheezi and his friends into a huddle. However, Janja realized that Cheezi had let the drongo go, and he cornered Tamaa in the ravine. Just in time, the real Lion Guard arrived and chased the hyenas away from Tamaa and the herd of impalas.[9]

Attack on Thurston's herd

These zebras never even saw us comin'!
―Cheezi on Thurston's herd[src]

As Ono escorted a zebra herd home, they were watched from a nearby ridge by Janja and his cronies, Cheezi and Chungu. The three hyenas resolved to eat the zebra herd. Once the herd was back in their grazing grounds, the hyenas attacked, and Ono rushed off to fetch the rest of his team. Once there, Kion instructed his friends to take on Cheezi and Chungu, while he handled Janja. Beshte and Fuli managed to stop Cheezi and Chungu, who ran off to the Outlands.[10]

Attack on Muhimu's herd

That's not all, Janja. Kion and Bunga are down there too.
―Cheezi[src]

When Kion led a herd of gazelles and a herd of zebras through the Outlands, one of the zebras gave birth to a foal, whose loud bray attracted Janja's attention. Together with Chungu and Janja, Cheezi attempted to scatter the herd, but they stood together, protecting the zebra and her foal. Unwilling to give up, Cheezi continued fighting until the hyenas were defeated by Bunga, Kion, and Muhimu's foal.[11]

Banishment from Janja's clan

He said we ain't in his crew no more.
―Cheezi to Chungu on Janja[src]

Janja led his clan to the Pride Lands and waited for the Lion Guard to clear out so that the hyenas could attack a herd of wildebeests. However, in the midst of the ambush, Janja slipped on mud and fell at the Lion Guard's paws. Cheezi and Chungu fell behind him and revealed to Kion that they had been planning to attack the wildebeests, which caused Kion to use the Roar of the Elders to banish the clan back to the Outlands.

Cheezi and Chungu lament being banished from Janja's clan.

Once back home, Janja blamed the clan's failure on Cheezi and Chungu, and banished the two from the clan. He then hired Nne and Tano to take their place, and the two new recruits barked and snarled at Cheezi and Chungu until they fled to the Pride Lands.

Safe from Janja's new crew, Cheezi and Chungu lamented being banished by Janja. To make themselves feel better, they attempted to imitate Janja and called themselves "fur-brains," his favorite nickname for them. However, this only succeeded in depressing them further. Just then, they caught sight of a herd of antelope and attempted to attack them. However, they ended up banging heads and startled the herd off.

With the antelope gone, Cheezi and Chungu began to feast on a pile of leftovers, but they were interrupted by a mudslide. The mud swept them away, and the Lion Guard arrived to rescue them. Upon realizing whom they had saved, the Lion Guard questioned them, and Cheezi and Chungu revealed that they were no longer affiliated with Janja. Kion reluctantly agreed to let them stay in the Pride Lands, as their feasting on leftovers could help the Circle of Life.

Cheezi and Chungu reunite with Janja, who allows them to rejoin his clan.

Later, the two ran into Janja, who denied wanting them back. Believing him to have been a dream, Cheezi and Chungu went back to sleep, though they were soon approached by the Lion Guard, who wanted to know where Janja had gone. Just then, the group heard Janja calling for his new minions, Nne and Tano, and they set off in search of him.

Eventually, the group met Janja, who was trapped on a ledge. Cheezi and Chungu jumped down to provide him company. Meanwhile, the Lion Guard defeated Nne and Tano, and Kion's Roar of the Elders caused the ledge to fall with Janja, Cheezi, and Chungu still on it. Upon landing, Janja invited his cronies to rejoin his crew, and Cheezi and Chungu raced after him in delight.[12]

Attack on Nala

You sure about this, Janja? We were just chased out of the Pride Lands.
―Cheezi[src]

The hyenas attack Nala.

When Janja and his clan invaded the Pride Lands, the Lion Guard drove them back into the Outlands. However, once the Lion Guard departed, Janja led his clan back into the kingdom, and the Lion Guard rushed back to stop them. Before the team could reach the hyenas, the clan ran into Kion's mother, Nala, who ordered Janja to return to his territory. Instead of heeding Nala's warning, Janja surrounded her with his cronies and ordered an attack. Just then, Kion arrived and, seeing his mother in danger, used the Roar of the Elders in rage. The blast was so powerful that it blew the hyenas back into the Outlands.[13]

Skirmish with Ono

Sounds like we're gonna have klipspringer with a side of Ono!
―Cheezi[src]

While out flying with his idol Hadithi, Ono spotted a group of klipspringers being trapped on the edge of a cliff by Janja and his minions, Cheezi and Chungu. He suggested that they use the Hadithi Spin to thwart the hyenas, but Hadithi argued that Ono was not ready for such a feat. He then took off for the ceremony, leaving Ono behind to deal with the crisis.

Cheezi and his clanmates approach a herd of klipspringers.

On his own, Ono attempted to stop the hyenas by using the Hadithi Spin, but fell and got his wing trapped beneath a boulder. Cheezi and Chungu hungrily climbed up the cliffs to reach him, while Janja rounded up the trapped klipspringers.

However, before the hyenas could hurt Ono, Hadithi returned with the Lion Guard, and Fuli fended off Cheezi and Chungu. Meanwhile, Bunga and Kion confronted Janja, while Beshte pushed a boulder down for the klipspringers to use as an escape. As Fuli guided the klipspringers to safety, one slipped and fell, prompting Janja and his minions to launch an attack. Just in time, Ono and Hadithi flew past and began to circle the hyenas, making them dizzy. Eventually, they toppled off the cliffs and landed in the water below.[14]

Attack on the Traveling Baboon Show

Hey! Is this where the catchy sounds were comin' from?
―Cheezi[src]

A confused Cheezi attempts to catch the Traveling Baboon Show.

In the Outlands, Cheezi and Chungu were complaining about how hungry they were when they heard Uroho's troop playing music in the distance. They followed the sound to where Uroho was putting on a show for a meager audience of Outlanders. In the meantime, Janja began to chase Uroho's friends, Mwevi and Mwizi, in an attempt to eat them.

Cheezi and Chungu were watching Uroho's show in fascination when Janja ran by and ordered them to help him catch the baboons. The hyenas gave chase and cornered the baboons in a cavern. Just then, the Lion Guard showed up and defeated Cheezi, Chungu, and Janja, who reluctantly retreated.[15]

Scar's resurrection

Yeah! And his Roar was even bigger when we went after his mom. It even made the ground open up!
―Cheezi on Kion[src]

Cheezi and his clanmates attack a herd of elephants.

In the Pride Lands, the dry season came, and the Lion Guard became exceptionally busy. During their patrol, Ono informed his friends that Janja's clan was attacking Ma Tembo's herd. When the Lion Guard arrived at the scene, they were shocked that the hyenas would hunt elephants because it was a dangerous undertaking. The team then drove Janja and his clan away.

Later, Cheezi helped attack the baboons who had started following Ma Tembo's herd. The Lion Guard arrived just in time, and Kion blasted the hyenas away with the Roar of the Elders.

Cheezi expresses hesitation over recruiting Shupavu's skinks to spy on Rafiki and Makini.

Cheezi and the crew returned to the Outlands, where they saw Ushari and decided to eat him. Before they could do so, Ushari asked Janja if he would like something meatier. Janja told him that he would, but could not because the Lion Guard kept driving his clan off. Ushari then revealed that that was because Kion had been getting advice from the spirit of his grandfather, Mufasa. He added that if the hyenas wanted to stop the Guard, they would need to find a way to talk to one of the Great Lions of the Past. He reminded Janja that there was one Great Lion who had always helped hyenas: Scar. He also reminded Janja that if Kion could talk to Mufasa, there was a way for them to talk to Scar.

Ushari then took Cheezi, Chungu, and Janja into the Pride Lands, where he summoned his skink friends to spy on Rafiki and find out if there was a way to talk to Scar. Janja and his crew waited as Ushari left with the skinks for Pride Rock. Ushari returned with information that Evil Lions of the Past like Scar appeared in fire if they were unleashed by the Roar and the bakora staff. The hyenas and Ushari then returned to the Outlands.

Cheezi, Chungu, and Janja plan to summon the spirit of Scar.

In the Outlands, Ushari and Janja decided to get Makini's bakora staff, then attack one of Kion's loved ones and bring them to the volcano, since Kion's Roars were at their most powerful when he was angry.

Cheezi and the others kidnapped Kion's sister, Kiara, and took Makini's bakora staff. While the rest of the Guard rescued her, Janja tricked Kion by getting him to use the Roar out of anger, which caused the volcano to erupt. When Janja threw Makini's staff into the volcano, Scar was successfully summoned, thus giving Cheezi and the rest of the Lion Guard's enemies their own spirit guide.[16]

Army of Scar

Alliance with Kiburi

Cheezi was present as Kiburi's float joined Scar's side.[17]

Attack on Beshte

I guess Scar's plan worked out as good as one of yours. Huh, Janja?
―Cheezi[src]

Cheezi and Chungu express confusion over Scar's plan of taking down Beshte while he is alone in the Outlands.

A skink arrived at the volcano and informed Janja and his allies that Beshte was alone in the Outlands. Though Janja tried to dismiss the situation, Scar appeared and ordered his cronies to eliminate Beshte. When Cheezi and Chungu wondered how they might accomplish this, Scar declared that he had a plan.

Janja and his cronies watched as Beshte followed Shupavu and her skinks into a cavern. The skinks continued to lead Beshte through the cavern until they reached a dead-end. From above, the hyenas revealed themselves, and Beshte desperately tried to warn the skinks away from danger. Just then, the hyenas pushed a large boulder into the pit's exit, trapping Beshte, and the skinks escaped by slithering into crevices in the rock. Without his guides, Beshte was left at the mercy of the hyenas, who continued to push rocks into the pit in the hopes of crushing their quarry.

Cheezi, Chungu, and Janja push boulders into Rocky Plateau in an attempt to crush Beshte.

Meanwhile, Ono guided the Lion Guard to Rocky Plateau, and Fuli raced ahead to stop the hyenas from dropping a massive boulder on Beshte. As she teetered carefully atop the boulder, keeping it from falling into the pit, the other Guard members rushed in and engaged the hyenas in a fight. Down below, Beshte started to clear a path through the fallen rocks.

Eventually, Kion used the Roar of the Elders to clear the hyenas, and Beshte made his way to safety. Having failed to eliminate Beshte, Janja decided not to report back to Scar, but Ushari arrived promptly and told the hyenas that an unhappy Scar wished to speak with them.[18]

Assassination attempt on Jasiri

Don't worry. We know how to get there. The zebra told us the way.
―Cheezi on Thurston[src]

Cheezi and Chungu lament Jasiri's respect for the Circle of Life.

In the Outlands, Cheezi, Chungu, and Janja searched for the jackals in an attempt to forge an alliance with them. In the midst of their search, Jasiri appeared and marked the territory as her own, effectively stealing it from Janja due to his failure to re-mark his territory for the dry season. In a rage, Janja attacked her, only to be defeated and cast out of his own former territory.

Janja reported back to Ushari on his failure to recruit the jackals, and Cheezi and Chungu blamed Jasiri, which piqued Scar's interest and caused him to suggest adding her to their collective. Janja protested vehemently, and the three hyenas lamented Jasiri's respect for the Circle of Life as well as her friendship with the Lion Guard. Hearing this, Scar ordered his minions to drive Jasiri from their territory so that she was no longer a threat.

Cheezi and Chungu confront Thurston.

In the meantime, Jasiri played with two hyena pups, Tunu and Wema. Janja watched from afar and ordered his clan to attack the trio. Cheezi and the clan launched their attack, and Jasiri desperately attempted to protect the pups from harm. In the midst of the fight, Janja forced the three into an open steam vent, where lava was steadily rising to the surface. As the clan gathered around, preventing any attempt at escape, Jasiri's sister Madoa resolved to get Kion's help.

Presently, the Lion Guard arrived and engaged in a fight with the hyenas, and Janja and his clan were effectively steered away from the edge of the steam vent. With the hyenas out of the way, Kion ordered Beshte to push a large rock into the lava flow, which allowed Jasiri and the pups to clamber to safety. Frightened, Cheezi and the rest of the clan fled.[19]

Alliance with Kenge

I wouldn't want to be his enemy.
―Cheezi on Kenge[src]

Cheezi and Chungu attempt to steal melons from the elephants.

The Lion Guard caught Janja and his minions, Cheezi and Chungu, attempting to steal a supply of tikiti melons from the elephants. The Guard managed to fend off the hyenas and save most of the melons, but Kion decided to keep his team watching the melon patch to ensure that no more fruits were stolen.

The hyenas returned to their den, where they explained the situation to Scar and Ushari. After hearing Janja's story, Scar deduced that destroying the melon supply could offset the Circle of Life, as it would dehydrate the elephants. He then ordered the hyenas to return to the fruit patch. Janja protested the idea as foolishness, since the Lion Guard was waiting for them there, but Ushari volunteered to connect them with a powerful friend of his who could help them.

Cheezi, Chungu, and Janja steal melons under Kenge's leadership.

Once back in the Pride Lands, the hyenas met Ushari's friend Kenge for the first time. They were thoroughly intimidated by his massive size and strength, and asked him if he would help them find the Lion Guard. Kenge merely declared that he was going to wait until they found him.

Later, at the melon patch, Kenge quickly assumed authority over the hyenas, ordering them to roll the melons out of the patch. Just in time, Bunga and Ono arrived, with Bunga taking on Kenge while Ono stopped the hyenas from stealing the melons. However, he and Ono were both bitten, allowing Kenge and his hyena allies to escape with the melons.

Cheezi watches, paralyzed, as Kenge battles Bunga.

Later, Bunga and Makini followed Kenge and the hyenas to Embamba Canyon, where Bunga distracted the thieves while Makini stole their melons and hid them behind rocks. While ridiculing his enemies, Bunga stumbled upon Kenge's trigger word: "little." In his attempts to catch Bunga, Kenge accidentally bit Cheezi and Chungu, paralyzing them. He nearly bit Janja when a melon was thrown his way, turning his attention to Makini.

Just then, a fully healed Lion Guard approached. The hyenas attempted to run, but were hindered by their paralyzed legs. Kion then used the Roar of the Elders to blast Kenge and the hyenas back to the Outlands, where the melons were out of their reach.[20]

Kidnapping Zazu

Steamed birdie sure smells delicious.
―Cheezi on Zazu[src]

On a mission from Scar, Janja and his cronies, Cheezi and Chungu, lay in wait for Simba's majordomo, Zazu. As Zazu swooped by, monitoring the kingdom for his morning report, the hyenas jumped out of hiding and abducted him, bearing him straight to the Outlands.

Cheezi helps kidnap Simba's majordomo, Zazu.

In the Outlands, Cheezi and Chungu monitored Zazu, who was trapped in a bone cage, while Janja sought an audience with Scar. Zazu tried to trick Cheezi and Chungu into letting him go, but Janja arrived in time to stop his foolish minions. He demanded that Zazu reveal the secrets of the Pride Lands to them, but Zazu refused. Janja then backed the bone cage up to the edge of a vent, where steam burned the tips of Zazu's feathers. This made Zazu fearfully give in to their request. However, he provided only shallow, unhelpful information about Simba.

The Lion Guard happened to overhear Zazu's singing and rushed to the rescue. They arrived just in time to stop the hyenas from eating Zazu and engaged the clan in a fight. The Lion Guard triumphed, and Janja and his cronies retreated.[21]

Attack on Rafiki

Janja, the Lion Guard's comin'! All of 'em!
―Cheezi[src]

Cheezi and his clan attacked two giraffes, but the Lion Guard chased them down. Although the hyenas initially had the upper hand, Twiga kicked at Janja, which prompted him to call a surrender. Not long afterward, the clan engaged in a fierce battle with Rafiki and the Lion Guard, but were defeated and so retreated.[22]

Defeat in the volcano

C'mere, cheetah!
―Cheezi to Fuli[src]

Cheezi and the rest of the Army of Scar cornered the Lion Guard in the midst of the Outlands, then in the volcano. They were defeated when Kion used the Roar of the Elders to clear a path of escape.[23]

Holding Kilio Valley

After Kilio Valley successfully burned to the ground, Scar ordered Cheezi and the rest of the army to remain in the valley to guard it. Janja attempted to appoint himself the leader of the army, but Kiburi, Mzingo, and Reirei protested vehemently. The villains then began to compete over who should be in charge of the valley. They continued to argue as the Lion Guard looked on.[24]

Skirmish with Kinyonga

Scar's gonna be mad the Lion Guard beat us again.
―Cheezi[src]

Cheezi and Chungu attempt to catch and eat Kinyonga.

While on patrol, Cheezi and Chungu spotted Kinyonga on a rock. Both hyenas lunged for her, but she disappeared just in time to evade them. Thinking that he had successfully eaten Kinyonga, Cheezi was satisfied, much to Chungu's dismay and jealousy.

Come nighttime, the hyenas attempted to block up a river, but the Lion Guard camouflaged themselves and launched a surprise attack. As the hyenas retreated, Cheezi wondered how the Lion Guard had managed to learn such a trick, to which Kinyonga suddenly appeared and took the credit. Her unexpected appearance startled the hyenas, who fell into the river and careened over the edge of Hakuna Matata Falls.[25]

Alliance with Thurston

And who knew that a zebra was the brains behind the Lion Guard?
―Cheezi on Thurston[src]

Cheezi and Chungu trick Thurston into coming with them to the Outlands.

One day, Thurston bragged about how he was the true mastermind of the Lion Guard. Unbeknownst to Thurston, Cheezi and Chungu were listening from the underbrush. The two hyenas hatched a scheme to kidnap Thurston and force him to spill all of the Lion Guard's secrets. They then led him away with the promise that he could attend a party with them in the Outlands.

In the Outlands, Thurston informed the hyenas that the Lion Guard sneezed uncontrollably when exposed to red flowers. Cheezi and Chungu raced off to use this information against the Lion Guard, while Thurston stayed behind, pondering if it had been himself who was subject to the flowers.

Cheezi attempts to take down the Lion Guard by tickling their noses with flowers.

Back in the Pride Lands, the Lion Guard was helping pangolins when Cheezi and Chungu attacked them with red flowers. Beshte used his strength to dispatch of the two, and Kion wondered why the attack had been so odd.

Later, Cheezi and Chungu joined forces with Tamka, Nduli, and Goigoi after they realized Thurston had been lying to them. As the Outlanders debated which part of Thurston to eat first, Thurston advised them to "panic and run." Just then, the Lion Guard appeared and chased off the Outlanders.[26]

Hyena Resistance

Uh, Janja, is this how us hyenas get things done?
―Cheezi[src]

When Jasiri formed the Hyena Resistance to counter the Army of Scar, Cheezi joined the rest of his clan in fighting them. He fled when his fellow Outlanders were defeated.[27]

Attack on Big Springs

One day, Cheezi and his clan launched an attack on Big Springs, but were defeated by Shujaa. Later, Cheezi and the rest of the Army of Scar attacked Basi's pod again, but were defeated by the Lion Guard and Shujaa.[28]

Attack on Makuu's watering hole

We're leavin' the watering hole?
―Cheezi[src]

Cheezi and his clanmates attack Makuu's watering hole.

Scar decided to attack Makuu's watering hole since the crocodiles' alliance with Kion was fraying. The Army of Scar, including Cheezi and his clan, besieged Makuu's float. Ono witnessed the battle and reported his findings to Kion. Together, the Lion Guard and their Pride Lander allies stormed the watering hole and fought off the Army of Scar.[29]

Attack on Mizimu Grove

Uh, yeah! This way!
―Cheezi[src]

Cheezi and Chungu cower before Simba.

At Mizimu Grove, Rafiki and Simba announced Makini's mpando mpaya. In the midst of the celebration, the Army of Scar, including Cheezi and his clan, attacked, and the Pride Landers rose up to defend themselves. The battle paused when Scar appeared in the flames and threatened to overtake the entirety of the Pride Lands. Frightened by Scar's unexpected appearance, the remaining Pride Landers fled Mizimu Grove. Kion then used the Roar of the Elders to defeat the Outlanders.[30]

Battle for the Pride Lands

I like the Pride Landers, Janja.
―Cheezi[src]

Over several months, Cheezi fought alongside the rest of Scar's army to defeat the Pride Landers. However, they were continually thwarted by the Lion Guard and their allies.

Cheezi and his clan form an alliance with the Pride Landers.

One day, Cheezi, Chungu, and Janja were tasked with guarding Kilio Valley. While there, Janja questioned their loyalties, which was overheard by Scar's skink allies. Later, the clan was sent by Scar to lure the Lion Guard into the Lair of the Lion Guard. They did so, only for Scar to betray them and trap them inside by ordering his minions to set fire to the Lair's entrance. With the Lion Guard's help, the hyenas took an underwater tunnel out of the Lair and emerged safely in Lake Shangaza.

After the battle, Cheezi and his clan joined forces with the Pride Landers due to Scar's betrayal. Together, they and the Pride Landers launched an attack on the Outlanders. During the fight, Cheezi and Chungu accidentally challenged their own allies, only for Janja to correct them and remind them that they were reformed.

When the Pride Landers emerged victorious, Cheezi and his clan joined Jasiri's clan. Cheezi and Chungu intimidated Mzingo into joining their alliance as well.[31]

Jasiri's reign

Janja!
―Cheezi greets Janja after his journey[src]

Cheezi, Chungu, Janja, and Bunga take on Shabaha.

After their trip to the Tree of Life, the Lion Guard returned to the Outlands with Janja and Jasiri. Once there, they were greeted by Cheezi and Chungu, who pounced happily on Janja. Later, the hyenas helped the Lion Guard fight Vitani and her pride, though Cheezi and Chungu fled from Shabaha due to her unnerving laughter. Kiara arrived and broke up the fight, after which the hyenas returned to the Outlands.

Later, Cheezi, Chungu, Janja, and Jasiri attended Kion's wedding to Rani at the Tree of Life.[32]

Physical appearance

Cheezi is skinnier and lankier than his fellow hyenas. His fur is pale gray, while his chest is lighter in color. His eye rims, his muzzle, and the spots on his back are dark gray. His ears, mane, and paws are black, and there are several notches in his ears. He is most distinguishable by his red nose and lolling tongue.[2]

Personality and traits

We're always thinking about food!
―Cheezi[src]

Janja often reacts with frustration when Cheezi and Chungu do not understand his plans.

Cheezi is easily excitable. He is not the brightest and is easily intimidated by his clan leader, Janja. Like Chungu, he does not always understand Janja's plans and can easily get riled up at the chance of getting a good meal.[2] Both hyenas care for Janja and are exceptionally loyal to him, despite his rude comments about the duo. They also like his nickname for them: "fur-brains."[12]

After the Lion Guard saved him and the rest of his clan, Cheezi became more well-intentioned and started to respect the Circle of Life. Both he and Chungu briefly returned to their villainous ways during the battle for the Pride Lands, but this was merely out of habit, as they immediately apologized. After the battle, Cheezi and his fellows submitted to Jasiri, whom they came to respect and obey.[31][32]

Appearances

Films

Television series

Video games

Books

Comics

Trivia

  • Cheezi's name is similar to the Swahili word "chizi," which means "crazy person."[34]
  • Cheezi is similar to Ed from The Lion King. Both are unintelligent hyenas who have lolling tongues and notches in their ears.[35]

References

  1. Revealed in "The Lake of Reflection" from Disney Junior's The Lion Guard. No. 16, Season 3. Written by Jennifer Skelly and directed by Howy Parkins. Originally aired October 26, 2019.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Revealed in Disney's The Lion Guard: Return of the Roar (2015). Written by Ford Riley, and directed by Howy Parkins. Distributed by Buena Vista Home Entertainment, Inc.
  3. Revealed in "Never Judge a Hyena by its Spots" from Disney Junior's The Lion Guard. No. 1, Season 1. Written by Kevin Hopps, John Loy, and Ford Riley, and directed by Howy Parkins. Originally aired January 15, 2016.
  4. Revealed in "Can't Wait to be Queen" from Disney Junior's The Lion Guard. No. 4, Season 1. Written by John Loy, Jack Monaco, and Ford Riley, and directed by Howy Parkins. Originally aired January 29, 2016.
  5. Revealed in "Eye of the Beholder" from Disney Junior's The Lion Guard. No. 5, Season 1. Written by John Loy, Jack Monaco, and Ford Riley, and directed by Howy Parkins. Originally aired February 5, 2016.
  6. Revealed in "The Kupatana Celebration" from Disney Junior's The Lion Guard. No. 6, Season 1. Written by Elise Allen, John Loy, and Ford Riley, and directed by Howy Parkins. Originally aired February 12, 2016.
  7. Revealed in "Fuli's New Family" from Disney Junior's The Lion Guard. No. 7, Season 1. Written by Elise Allen, John Loy, and Ford Riley, and directed by Howy Parkins. Originally aired February 19, 2016.
  8. Revealed in "Follow that Hippo!" from Disney Junior's The Lion Guard. No. 9, Season 1. Written by John Loy and directed by Howy Parkins. Originally aired March 18, 2016.
  9. Revealed in "The Call of the Drongo" from Disney Junior's The Lion Guard. No. 10, Season 1. Written by Elise Allen and Kevin Hopps, and directed by Howy Parkins. Originally aired March 25, 2016.
  10. Revealed in "Paintings and Predictions" from Disney Junior's The Lion Guard. No. 11, Season 1. Written by Elise Allen and Kevin Hopps, and directed by Howy Parkins. Originally aired April 1, 2016.
  11. Revealed in "The Mbali Fields Migration" from Disney Junior's The Lion Guard. No. 12, Season 1. Written by Elise Allen, John Loy, and Ford Riley, and directed by Howy Parkins. Originally aired April 22, 2016.
  12. 12.0 12.1 Revealed in "Janja's New Crew" from Disney Junior's The Lion Guard. No. 17, Season 1. Written by Kevin Hopps and directed by Howy Parkins. Originally aired August 26, 2016.
  13. Revealed in "Never Roar Again" from Disney Junior's The Lion Guard. No. 21, Season 1. Written by Jack Monaco and directed by Howy Parkins. Originally aired November 19, 2016.
  14. Revealed in "Ono's Idol" from Disney Junior's The Lion Guard. No. 24, Season 1. Written by Jack Monaco and directed by Howy Parkins. Originally aired February 24, 2017.
  15. Revealed in "The Traveling Baboon Show" from Disney Junior's The Lion Guard. No. 3, Season 2. Written by John Loy and directed by Howy Parkins. Originally aired July 14, 2017.
  16. Revealed in "The Lion Guard: The Rise of Scar" from Disney Junior's The Lion Guard. No. 5, Season 2. Written by Ford Riley. Originally aired July 29, 2017.
  17. Revealed in "Let Sleeping Crocs Lie" from Disney Junior's The Lion Guard. No. 6, Season 2. Written by Elise Allen and directed by Howy Parkins. Originally aired August 11, 2017.
  18. Revealed in "Swept Away" from Disney Junior's The Lion Guard. No. 7, Season 2. Written by Jack Monaco and directed by Tom Derosier. Originally aired September 15, 2017.
  19. Revealed in "Rescue in the Outlands" from Disney Junior's The Lion Guard. No. 9, Season 2. Written by Elise Allen and directed by Tom Derosier and Howy Parkins. Originally aired September 29, 2017.
  20. Revealed in "The Bite of Kenge" from Disney Junior's The Lion Guard. No. 11, Season 2. Written by Krista Tucker and directed by Howy Parkins. Originally aired November 3, 2017.
  21. Revealed in "The Morning Report" from Disney Junior's The Lion Guard. No. 13, Season 2. Written by Jack Monaco and directed by Tom Derosier. Originally aired January 8, 2018.
  22. Revealed in "Divide and Conquer" from Disney Junior's The Lion Guard. No. 16, Season 2. Written by John Loy and directed by Tom Derosier. Originally aired January 11, 2018.
  23. Revealed in "The Scorpion's Sting" from Disney Junior's The Lion Guard. No. 17, Season 2. Written by Krista Tucker and directed by Tom Derosier. Originally aired April 2, 2018.
  24. Revealed in "The Kilio Valley Fire" from Disney Junior's The Lion Guard. No. 19, Season 2. Written by Elise Allen and directed by Howy Parkins. Originally aired April 4, 2018.
  25. Revealed in "Undercover Kinyonga" from Disney Junior's The Lion Guard. No. 20, Season 2. Written by Don Gillies and directed by Howy Parkins. Originally aired April 5, 2018.
  26. Revealed in "The Zebra Mastermind" from Disney Junior's The Lion Guard. No. 22, Season 2. Written by Don Gillies and John Loy, and directed by Howy Parkins. Originally aired September 5, 2018.
  27. Revealed in "The Hyena Resistance" from Disney Junior's The Lion Guard. No. 23, Season 2. Written by Kendall Michele Haney and directed by Tom De Rosier. Originally aired September 6, 2018.
  28. Revealed in "Beshte and the Beast" from Disney Junior's The Lion Guard. No. 25, Season 2. Written by Elise Allen and directed by Tom De Rosier. Originally aired November 12, 2018.
  29. Revealed in "Pride Landers Unite!" from Disney Junior's The Lion Guard. No. 26, Season 2. Written by Jack Monaco and directed by Howy Parkins. Originally aired January 21, 2019.
  30. Revealed in "The Fall of Mizimu Grove" from Disney Junior's The Lion Guard. No. 28, Season 2. Written by Kendall Michele Haney and directed by Howy Parkins. Originally aired March 25, 2019.
  31. 31.0 31.1 Revealed in "Battle for the Pride Lands" from Disney Junior's The Lion Guard. No. 1, Season 3. Written by Ford Riley and directed by Howy Parkins. Originally aired August 3, 2019.
  32. 32.0 32.1 Revealed in "Return to the Pride Lands" from Disney Junior's The Lion Guard. No. 19, Season 3. Written by Kendall Michele Haney and Ford Riley, and directed by Tom De Rosier and Howy Parkins. Originally aired November 3, 2019.
  33. Vargus Mason. IMDb. IMDb.com, Inc. Retrieved on September 1, 2020.
  34. Online Swahili - English Dictionary. African Languages. Retrieved on September 8, 2020.
  35. Revealed in Disney's The Lion King (1994). Written by Irene Mecchi, Jonathan Roberts, and Linda Woolverton, and directed by Roger Allers and Rob Minkoff. Distributed by Buena Vista Pictures Distribution, Inc.
  36. YouTube favicon.png Hidden Surprises from The Lion King | The Lion Guard: Return of the Roar | Disney Channel on the Disney Channel YouTube channel
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